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Front line combat troops of 12th SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend in Normandy 1944. These young SS-Panzergrenadiers of the HJ Division inflicted devastating losses on the british and canadian forces.

Front line combat troops of SS-Panzerdivision Hitlerjugend in Normandy These young SS-Panzergrenadiers of the HJ Division inflicted devastating losses on the british and canadian forces.

Heavily armed youths of the 12th SS Panzer (Hitler Jugend) Division ready themselves for battle. The division, which consisted mainly of teenage volunteers, was created in June of 1943 and had its baptism of fire in Normandy a year later. - "The young S.S. troops were detestable young beasts," a British officer recalled, "but, like good infantry, they stood up and fought it out when overrun." - In the fighting that raged around Caen, nearly 90 per cent of them were killed, wounded or…

Heavily armed youths of the SS Panzer (Hitler Jugend) Division ready themselves for battle. The division, which consisted mainly of teenage volunteers, was created in June of 1943 and had its baptism of fire in Normandy a year later.

A group of very young soldiers of the 12th Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Waffen SS prisoners in Normandy in July 1944.

A group of very young soldiers of the Panzer Division “Hitlerjugend” Waffen SS prisoners in Normandy in July

A young Grenadier of 12th-SS HJ in France enjoys a quick meal between battles. Many of the surviving photographs from the division in France were taken by SS-PK man Woscidlo including the famous photographs of the battle weary troops in Rots after their failed night attack.

A young Grenadier of HJ in France enjoys a quick meal between battles…

Men of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 / 12.SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" erect temporary grave crosses for SS-Oberscharfuhrer Helmut Belke along the walls of Abbaye d'Ardenne (Ardenne Abbey) during the first days of the Normandy Invasion.

Men of SS-Panzergrenadier-Regiment 25 / "Hitlerjugend" erect temporary grave crosses for SS-Oberscharfuhrer Helmut Belke along the walls of Abbaye d'Ardenne (Ardenne Abbey) during the first days of the Normandy Invasion.

The famous soldier - 18-years old SS Sturmmann Otto Funk (06.06.1926) from 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, specifically SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 25. He was 18 when he destroyed a Churchill tank with a MG 42 machine gun.Here in the photo in Rots, Normandy, 9th June, 1944. He was wounded on June 26, 1944, but continued fighting till May 8, 1945, when He surrendered to american soldiers of the 65th Infantry Division in Enns, Austria. He died on 11th of September 2011.

The famous soldier - 18-years old SS Sturmmann Otto Funk (06.06.1926) from 12th SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend, specifically SS Panzergrenadier Regiment 25. He was 18 when he destroyed a Churchill tank with a MG 42 machine gun.Here in the photo in Rots, Normandy, 9th June, 1944. He was wounded on June 26, 1944, but continued fighting till May 8, 1945, when He surrendered to american soldiers of the 65th Infantry Division in Enns, Austria. He died on 11th of September 2011.

The body of a German soldier from the 25th Panzer Grenadier Regiment at Malon, 9 July 1944.

The body of a German soldier from the Panzer Grenadier Regiment at Malon, 9 July

Men of the 12. SS Panzer Division Hitlerjugend in Normandy. These young soldiers held their position in the trenches tenaciously, defying all attacks by the enemy who was superior in numbers and materials.

Junior leaders and men of the SS-Panzer-Division "Hitlerjugend" in Normandy, summer The relentless fighting has already le.

Very determined looking Waffen SS appear ready to move out. Note the barrel of the the Panzerbüchse 39 anti-tank rifle carried by the trooper in the foreground. All wear the standard camouflage smock and the same pattern helmet cover. To the very last day of the war, the Waffen SS remained fully equipped and supplied.

Very determined looking Waffen SS appear ready to move out. Note the barrel of the the Panzerbüchse 39 anti-tank rifle carried by the trooper in the foreground. All wear the standard camouflage smock and the same pattern helmet cover.

Waffen SS troops taken prisoner during the early fighting after the invasion of Normandy, June 1944.

Prisoner`s - from the SS Hitlerjugend Division - were captured , during the early portion - of the battle for Caen

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